Diabetes Patients in Phalombe Appeal to Authorities

Some diabetes and hypertension patients in Phalombe have appealed to health authorities in the district to consider starting administration of some medications at health centre level for easy accessibility among the patients.

One of the patients, Margret Nkhoma, has told Zodiak Online on Wednesday that they are being told to access medication such as insulin for diabetes patients at the newly opened Phalombe District Hospital situated at a distance of over 10 kilometers arguing the trend might fuel drug defaulting.

Nkhoma said patients have been accessing treatment at Phalombe Health Centre until they were told to start receiving some medications at the newly opened Phalombe District Hospital.

She added that most people suffering from non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension cannot walk long distances, calling on health authorities to swiftly intervene on the matter.

"We are appealing to health authorities to consider start administering some drugs during designated dates in all health centres as most patients cannot walk long distances," said Nkhoma.

However, Phalombe District Acting Director of Health and Social Service, Dr. Sam Sibakwe says some medical drugs cannot be kept at a health centre as they need special storage and cadres to administer them hence referring patients to the newly opened district hospital.

Dr. Sibakwe has since urged all non-communicable disease   patients to continue accessing some treatment at health centre level dotted across the district during designated dates.

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